Dona Sylvia Beach Resort
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The title is our new motto and it's said a lot here in India. So its 25 degrees and rising, sitting beside the pool and feeling much better about stage 3 of our holiday than last night. Will stay here a while and then off to the beach - it's 11am and the bar is open. Do you think it's too early for a G&T...?
Of course it wasn't and we went …
Last breakfast at Ravla Khempur and cheerio to BEMH, great experience and was very strange last night to be the only guests in a rambling old house in the middle of nowhere with only 5 male staff for company. We agreed on the way to the airport that we felt as safe there as we do in our own beds. Something soporific about the noises of the horses …
We made a decision over the weekend to enjoy the last day as if we had just arrived rather than hang around waiting to go home so up early and out of the hotel at 9.30. Had negotiated a price for a taxi for the day and we set off to view some of the sights of Goa. As described yesterday many aspects of Goa owe much to the Portuguese and we went …
So here we are chilled and enjoying our last full day in India. It feels like we have been here much longer than we have and we would both like to stay much longer.... Busy evening as the son of the resort owner got married yesterday and the reception was held in the area adjacent to the resort including the tennis courts and part of the pool …
No update yesterday as just same old chilling in the sun! Have to say we both have itchy feet today and so will be doing more exploring. Main drama so far today is the talk around the pool about Heathrow being shut and doubt about flights for tomorrow - that might prove interesting for Monday but no worries today. Hope you are all safe and warm!
How has this resort rated in the past?
Last stayed here 10 years ago - still great quality, clean & well maintained. Fabulous staff and food. Only downside - have to pay for wi fi and the truly awful evening entertainment (shaking stevens, boney M and donny and marie - get the picture? lets have more authentic Goan/Indian stuff please)
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What a great fun sunshine hol
hi anyone getting ready 4 there 1st visit 2 the donna sylvia in goa.well get excited u will have a great time be prepared 4 the heat.The place the people the sun the beach the food the drink just about all there is just fab.We where there 4 christmas which was different but if u didnt want different u wouldnt be going,and The New Year which was brill the fire works where something special,the workers all make such an effort,there aim is 2 please,so make sure u say thanks 2 them and they will look after u with extra care.The beach shack on the sand is very friendly,the food is great and so cheap you can afford to eat lunch every day there it wont cost alot and u dont have 2 leave the beach,ask them 2 save u sunbeds each morning then buy from them they will look after u.
We visited in Jan 2005 I would not hesitate to recommend the Dona Sylvia, although with the proviso that it is better suited to those people seeking a queiter holiday.
Had a lovely time in Goa. Once you get over the culture shock you can enjoy how friendly everyone is. Dona Sylvia is in an excellent location with a path down to the beach, and shops outside the front gate. Good variety of excellent food (and I don't even like curry), also the beach shacks do very cheap food. You can use the sun-beds on the beach if you just purchase a drink or snack from the shacks. We hired bicycles from the hotel and loved exploring the surrounding villages and true Goa. The hotel rooms looked in need of updating, but I believe a big refurbishment of the whole hotel was due this summer. We're going back to Goa this March but slightly further north this time, just to explore a different area. Also had two teenagers who loved it to, especially the large hotel pool.
Have been to South Goa 4 times and this is the best hotel even though its all inclusive we ate out every other night lots of restraunts within walking distance. Every body is very friendly and the food is good they even serve kingfisher beer AI. Do go to this hotel you would not be dissapointed. We are going next February again.
arrived at dona Sylvia 7th jan 2005 for our second visit, i must say the room we had was a bit grotty but hey you don't spend much time in the room anyway. we were offered the upgrade but we did not go for it.
A great hotel
first time in goa...........not the last.Dona sylvia hotel was great.The food,hotel, and staff were first class.Will be back as soon as possible.
Great place to go
Just returned from a week. Would recommend the room upgrade offer at check in. At £10 per room per night extra its well worth it. We were adviced the hotel will shortly have a major refit which parts of it could do with.
The food was very good, but after a week we were getting a little bored. There are some beach shacks near by who provide free sun beds if you agree to have lunch there. All the menus are not the same, so ask to see their menu before you take a bed.
We thought the best food was at riverside restaurant, and with a wonderful location. You can get to it by turning right outside the hotel main entrance, and left at the end of the shops. It is sign posted, and the walk back is well lit at night.
What a lovely holiday
We went to dona sylvia on the 1st of january for 2 weeks, and the holiday was amazing. The hotel was clean the accomondation was great. the food was great and the staff that worked there would go out their way to help you. sometimes the pool got a bit dirty that was the only downfall. The beach was fantastic best beach me and my family have ever been to!! we went to blue oasis shack on the becah and they are very friendly. i would recomend this holiday to anyone cause it was a superb holiday and we are returning next year.
Not long got back from Goa. Didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The hotel was very good. Our room was clean and although close to the pool area and bar, was not really noisy. The only thing my boyfriend complained about was the cleaners sweeping paths at midnight! As with most all inclusive holidays the food did get a little boring to the end of the holiday. Staff were very friendly even organising a discounted meal and a birthday cake for my birthday. One word of warning one of the beach shacks (the baywatch) did try to rip us off on the wednesday fireworks night (ie stated one price for a meal but tried to charge double - we stood our ground and refused) and my boyfriend did suffer from a sever bout of food poisoning after eating something from the same place.